— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House has rejected a bill that would have required that all county and city school superintendents be appointed by the local school boards and not elected.
The bill failed on a 42-35 vote Tuesday, which was short of the three-fifths vote needed to bring the bill up for debate.
Sponsor Republican Rep. Jeremy Odum of Vinemont said appointing superintendents would take politics out of the process.
Most of the opposition came from legislators who represent areas with elected superintendents. They mostly argued that the process of electing superintendents works well in their areas.